This unit was developed to explore heredity using engaging activities and linking science to literature. 5 days of fun learning with a writing and art activity to show in a hallway bulletin board.
Offspring inherit their traits from their parents. These traits can be quite varied from individual to individual within a population. Some traits give an organism advantage in survival and reproduction.
Science Essential Standards
Understand why organisms differ from or are similar to their parents based on the characteristics of the organism.
1. Explain why organisms differ from or are similar to their
parents based on the characteristics of the organism.
2. Give examples of likenesses that are inherited and some
that are not.
Science Content Included 33 pages total
• Engaging Learning Activities/Rotations
1. Parent Offspring (Inherited Trait) sorting activity
2. Learned Traits sorting activity
3. Inherited Animal Traits concept map & Frayer Vocabulary
4. Create your own animal (integrated Language Arts)
5. Observable Traits, Dominant and Recessive traits Lab
• Discussion questions/assessments for each activity
• Dr. Seuss, “If I ran the Zoo” animal art
• Informational writing integrating science content, and poetry
• Internet teaching resources
• Ten question multiple choice unit test.
• Exit Tickets
See examples of student work at my blog http://mrsvanorden.blogspot.com/2013/03/inherited-traitsand-prepositional.html